I play myself to perfection
Cary GRANT | Alexander Archibald Leach

* 18.01.1904, Horfield / Bristol, England, GB † 29.11.1986, Davenport, Iowa, USA

1920-22 auf USA-Tournee mit Artistentruppe von Bob Pender * 1927 eigentliches Bühnendebüt (am Broadway in Golden Dawn) – danach in Musicals, Operetten und Revues * 1932 Vertrag bei Paramount (bis 1937) & erster Filmauftritt * ab 1937 free-lance actor (Arbeit für verschiedene Studios) * Aufstieg zum Star mit sophisticated comedies (Topper, Bringing Up Baby) * seit 1942 amerikanischer Staatsbürger * (mit)gründet die Produktionsfirmen Grandon (1957; Indiscreet) und Granart (1959; Operation Petticoat) * seit Mitte der 60er Jahre Direktor und Werbeträger für Fabergé-Parfum * verheiratet mit Virginia Cherrill (1. Ehefrau, 1934-35), Betsy Drake (3. Ehefrau, 1949-62) und Dyan Cannon (4. Ehefrau, 1965-68) * Genres: Komödie / Romanze / Drama


This Is the Night (1931/32-USA * Frank Tuttle / Stephen)
Sinners in the Sun (1932-USA * Alexander Hall / Ridgeway)
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932-USA * Dorothy Arzner / Charlie Baxter "DeBrion")
Devil and the Deep (1932-USA * Marion Gering / Lieutenant Jacques)
Blonde Venus (/Die/ Blonde Venus, 1932-USA * Josef von Sternberg / Nick Townsend)
Hot Saturday (1932-USA * William A. Seiter / Romer Sheffield)
Madame Butterfly (1932-USA * Marion Gering / Lieutenant Pinkerton)
Alice in Wonderland (1932-USA * Norman Z. McLeod / Mock Turtle)
She Done Him Wrong (Sie tat ihm unrecht, 1932-USA * Lowell Sherman / Captain Cummings)
Woman Accused (1933-USA * Paul H. Sloane / Jeffrey Baxter)
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933-USA * Stuart Walker / Henry Crocker)
Gambling Ship (1933-USA * Louis J. Gasnier, Max Marcin / Ace Corbin)
I'm No Angel (Ich bin kein Engel, 1933-USA * Wesley Ruggles / Jack Clayton)
Thirty Day Princess (Prinzessin für 30 Tage, 1934-USA * Marion Gering / Porter Madison)
Born to Be Bad (1934-USA * Lowell Sherman / Malcolm Trevor)
Kiss and Make Up (Tempel der Schönheit, 1934-USA * Harlan Thompson / Maurice)
Ladies Should Listen (1934-USA * Frank Tuttle / Julian de Lussac)
Enter Madame (1934-USA * Elliott Nugent / Gerald Fitzgerald)
Wings in the Dark (1934/35-USA * James Flood / Ken Gordon)
The Last Outpost (1935-USA * Charles T. Barton, Louis J. Gasnier / Michael Andrews)
Sylvia Scarlett (Sylvia Scarlett, 1935-USA * George Cukor / Jimmy Monkley)
Big Brown Eyes (Große braune Augen, 1936-USA * Raoul Walsh / Danny)
Suzy (1936-USA * George Fitzmaurice / André Charville)
Wedding Present (1936-USA * Richard Wallace / Charlie)
The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936-GB * Alfred Zeisler / Ernest Bliss)
When You're in Love (1936/37-USA * Robert Riskin / Jimmy Hudson)
Topper (Topper - Das blonde Gespenst, 1937-USA * Norman Z. McLeod / George Kerby)
The Toast of New York (1937-USA * Rowland V. Lee / Nick Boyd)
The Awful Truth (Die schreckliche Wahrheit, 1937-USA * Leo McCarey / Jerry Warriner)
Bringing Up Baby (Leoparden küßt man nicht, 1937/38-USA; R: Howard Hawks, B: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, K: Russell Metty, M: Roy Webb, D: Katharine Hepburn, CG-David Huxley) 94/102m-Komödie
# Holiday (Holiday, 1938-USA; R: George Cukor, B: Donald Ogden Stewart, Sidney Buchman, K: Franz Planer, ML: Morris Stoloff, D: Katharine Hepburn, CG-Johnny Case) 93m-Romantische Komödie
Gunga Din (Aufstand in Sidi Hakim, 1938/39-USA * George Stevens / Cutter)
Only Angels Have Wings (SOS Feuer an Bord (Flugpioniere in Not), 1939-USA * Howard Hawks / Carter)
In Name Only (Nur dem Namen nach, 1939-USA * John Cromwell / Alec Walker)
His Girl Friday (His Girl Friday, 1939-USA * Howard Hawks / Walter Burns)
My Favorite Wife (Meine liebste Frau, 1940-USA * Garson Kanin / Nick Arden)
The Howards of Virginia (1940-USA * Frank Lloyd / Matt Howard)
The Philadelphia Story (Die Nacht vor der Hochzeit, 1940-USA * George Cukor / C.K. Dexter Haven)
Penny Serenade (Akkorde der Liebe, 1941-USA * George Stevens / Roger Adams)
# Suspicion (Verdacht, 1941-USA * Alfred Hitchcock ... Johnnie Aysgarth) (Roman von Francis Iles=Anthony Berkeley) (02-05; 4111)
Arsenic and Old Lace (Arsen und Spitzenhäubchen, 1941-USA * Frank Capra / Mortimer Brewster)
The Talk of the Town (Zeuge der Anklage, 1942-USA * George Stevens / Leopold Dilg)
Once Upon a Honeymoon (Es waren einmal Flitterwochen, 1942-USA * Leo McCarey / Pat O'Toole)
Mr. Lucky (1943-USA * H.C. Potter / Joe Adams)
Destination Tokyo (Bestimmung Tokio, 1943-USA * Delmer Daves / Captain Cassidy)
Once Upon a Time (Pinky und Curly, 1944-USA * Alexander Hall / Jerry Flynn)
None But the Lonely Heart (1944-USA * Clifford Odets / Ernie Mott)
Notorious (Berüchtigt, 1945/46-USA * R: Alfred Hitchcock, B: Ben Hecht, K: Ted Tetzlaff, M: Roy Webb, D: CG-Devlin, Ingrid Bergman)° 101m-Thriller
Night and Day (Tag und Nacht denk' ich an dich, 1946-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Charles Hoffman, Leo Townsend, William Bowers; Jack Moffitt, K: J. Peverell Marley, William V. Skall, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: CG-Cole Porter, Alexis Smith) 111/28m-Musikerbiografie
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (So einfach ist die Liebe nicht, 1947-USA * Irving Reis / Dick)
The Bishop's Wife (Jede Frau braucht einen Engel, 1947-USA * Henry Koster / Dudley)
# Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Nur meiner Frau zuliebe, 1947-USA * H.C. Potter ... Jim Blandings) (Roman von Eric Hodgins) (10-12; 4806)
Every Girl Should Be Married (Jedes Mädchen müßte heiraten, 1948-USA * Don Hartman / Madison Brown)
I Was a Male War Bride (Ich war eine männliche Kriegsbraut, 1949-USA * Howard Hawks / Henri Rochard)
Crisis (Hexenkessel, 1950-USA * R+B: Richard Brooks, K: Ray June, M: Miklos Rozsa, D: CG-Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson, Jose Ferrer, Paula Raymond) 95m-Thriller
People Will Talk (1951-USA * Joseph L. Mankiewicz / Noah Praetorius)
Room for One More (Vater werden ist nicht schwer, 1951-USA * Norman Taurog / "Poppy" Rose)
# Monkey Business (Liebling, ich werde jünger, 1952-USA * Howard Hawks ... Dr. Barnaby Fulton) (03-04; 5209)
Dream Wife (Du und keine Andere, 1953-USA * Sidney Sheldon / Clemson Reade)
To Catch a Thief (Über den Dächern von Nizza, 1954-USA * Alfred Hitchcock / John Robie)
The Pride and the Passion (Stolz und Leidenschaft, 1956-USA * R: Stanley Kramer, B: E. Anhalt, E. Anhalt, K: Franz Planer, M: George Antheil, D: CG-Captain Anthony Trumbull, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren) 132/4m-Abenteuer /Roman von C.S. Forester/
An Affair to Remember (Die große Liebe meines Lebens, 1957-USA * Leo McCarey / Nickie Ferrante)
Kiss Them for Me (1957-USA * Stanley Donen / Crewson)
# Indiscreet (Indiskret, 1957/58-GB * Stanley Donen ... Philip Adams) (Bühnenstück von Norman Krasna) (11-02; 5807-USA)
Houseboat (Hausboot, 1958-USA; R: Melville Shavelson, B: Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, K: Ray June, M: George Duning, D: CG-Tom Winston, Sophia Loren, Martha Hyer) 110m-Liebeskomödie
North by Northwest (Der unsichtbare Dritte, 1958-USA * R: Alfred Hitchcock, B: Ernest Lehman, K: Robert Burks, M: Bernard Herrmann, D: CG-Roger O. Thornhill, Eva Marie Saint) 136m-Thrillerkomödie
# Operation Petticoat (Unternehmen Petticoat, 1959-USA; R: Blake Edwards, B: Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin, K: Russell Harlan, M: David Rose, D: CG-Commander Matt Sherman, Tony Curtis) 96/124m-Komödie
# The Grass Is Greener (Vor Hausfreunden wird gewarnt, 1960-GB; R: Stanley Donen, B: Hugh Williams, Margaret Williams, K: Christopher Challis, D: CG-Victor Rhyall, Deborah Kerr) 104m-Komödie
That Touch of Mink (Ein Hauch von Nerz, 1961-USA * Delbert Mann / Philip Shayne)
Charade (Charade, 1962/63-USA; R: Stanley Donen, B: Peter Stone, K: Charles Lang, M: Henry Mancini, D: CG-Peter Joshua, Audrey Hepburn) 114m-Thrillerkomödie
Father Goose (Der große Wolf ruft, 1964-USA * Ralph Nelson / Walter Eckland)
Walk, Don't Run (Nicht so schnell, mein Junge, 1965/66-USA * Charles Walters / William Rutland)


Ehren-Oscar (1970)

The Ultimate Cary Grant Pages (englisch)
Nancy Nelson: Evenings with Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best. New York: William Morrow, 1991
Geoffrey Wansell: Cary Grant: Dark Angel. London: Bloomsbury, 1996
Graham McCann: Cary Grant: A Class Apart. London: Fourth Estate, 1996
Jenny Curtis: Cary Grant: A Life in Pictures. New York: MetroBooks, 1998

Beverley Bare Buehrer: Cary Grant: A Bio-Bibliography. New York/London: Greenwood Press, 1990

One of the biggest stars that Hollywood ever produced, Cary Grant was a unique performer with an instantly recognizable persona and an appeal that lasted well beyond his retirement from the screen. Adept at playing both comic and dramatic roles, and as comfortable in a romantic scene as he was with a pratfall, Grant eventually became something of an icon, a romantic idol whom women wanted to love and men wanted to emulate. This bio-bibliography provides an overview of the life and career of this superstar, and, unlike other biographies, it gives as much weight to Grant the star as it does to Grant the private person. The book contains several sections that highlight individual aspects of Grant's life and career. The biographical sections review the personal facts of the actor's life, from his lower-class birth in England to his screen stardom in America, while a chronology presents an overview of the important professional and personal events in his life. Four separate chapters detail Grant's career, providing comprehensive listings of his films, stage appearances, radio and television credits, and recordings. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography of articles published in books and periodicals, as well as a subject index. This work will be a welcome resource for film fans and scholars, and an important reference for courses in film history. It will also be a valuable addition to both public and academic libraries. > Table of Contents : Preface * Biography * Chronology * Filmography * Stage Appearances * Broadcast Appearances * Discography * Bibliography * Subject Index > 216 pages, hardcover

Marc Eliot: Cary Grant: A Biography. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005

Rigorously researched and elegantly written, Cary Grant: A Biography is a complete, nuanced portrait of the greatest star in cinema history. Exploring Grant’s troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities, as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood’s favorite romantic lead for more than thirty-five years, Cary Grant is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant’s professional and private life and the first biography to reveal the real man behind the movie star. > 448 pages, paperback
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